7 Best Game Reserves in East Africa

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The thrilling safaris in East Africa are an adventure you will not get a chance to experience anywhere else. There are so many game reserves in East Africa that you must visit. Seven of the best game reserves in East Africa include:

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The iconic Serengeti National Park is probably the most talked-about game reserve globally. The coveted park is on top of our list for many reasons. Apart from being a natural wonder of Africa (there are seven), it is a massive park that spans the Kenyan border. Furthermore, the Serengeti’s natural ecosystem has remained vastly unchanged over the last one million years. However, the primary reason for the Serengeti National Park to be on top of our list is the Great Migration, a movement of over two million wildebeests.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

If Tanzania’s heart and soul are the Serengeti, the Masai Mara is Kenya’s. The Masai Mara, like the Serengeti, is one of the most well-known national parks in the region, spanning 1,500 square kilometers. The Masai Mara is a natural wonder with scenic landscapes and picturesque backdrops. In addition to this, it is also part of the Great Migration. Every year, the wildebeests travel to and from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti. The park is also where a significant portion of the migration action takes place, where the wildebeests battle their way through predators and the mighty Mara River.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater is also a natural wonder of Africa. You only need to look at the pictures to understand why this is on our list. The crater spans 260 square kilometers, and in the backdrop, you will see a rising wall around you, approximately 600 meters high. This view is enough to convince you to visit this place. You will also encounter many different animals here, including the Big Five (rhinos, buffalos, leopards, lions, and elephants).

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park in Kenya has a backdrop of the towering Mount Kilimanjaro. The scenes are breathtaking. The scenic views and wildlife are unlike anything you will see anywhere else. The park is also home to more than 50 mammal species and over 400 bird species.

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park is not as popular with tourists as the other parks in Tanzania, making the experience even more spectacular (lesser crowds). The biodiversity will blow you away. You will find elephants, zebras, impalas, warthogs, and giraffes near the Tarangire River, with predators, such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other animals will be seen lurking in the background.

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park is known for its picturesque pink flamingos. The lake is covered with massive flocks of flamingos, a view that will root you to the spot. Apart from this gorgeous view, you will also get to see a breathtaking waterfall and many different exotic animals, such as the white rhinos, waterbucks, lions, and over 400 bird species. 

Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park is a diverse game reserve with a unique ecosystem of groundwater forests, hot springs, floodplains, and open savannahs. You will also get to see hippos in the lake, surrounded by pink flamingos and over 300 bird species. Apart from these animals, you may also get to see the tree-climbing rhino, zebras, buffalos, wildebeests, and many other animals.


Visiting the game reserves in East Africa is an exhilarating experience, regardless of whether you are traveling for your honeymoon, with family, or even alone. If you are traveling solo, you will be interested in knowing Why a Safari in Tanzania is Perfect for Solo Travellers.

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